Dr. Kristina Ropella honored for her impact on students in 17 years as a biomedical engineering professor
Dr. Kristina Ropella, chair of the biomedical engineering department in
This is the second consecutive honor for a
“I am ecstatic to receive this honor,” Ropella said. “I am grateful to have touched the lives of many students who have gone forward to lead companies, treat patients, innovate new medical technologies, influence government funding, communicate discoveries to the public, teach the next generation of engineers and serve their communities.”
Ropella has been a professor in the Marquette College of Engineering for 17 years and chair of the biomedical department since 2004. While she works with students of all levels, Ropella feels a special sense of duty to her undergraduate students. “Even as department chair, I continue to teach freshman and sophomore courses so that I am able to welcome and engage every one of the 75-85 students annually entering our learning system,” she said. Ropella estimates that in her time at
Drawing from her industry experience prior to higher education, Ropella has forged many partnerships between industry and undergraduate students, something she feels is critical to undergraduate education. According to Ropella, industry partners have recognized the difference they have made in students’ preparation for life beyond the classroom and today 23 companies partner with
In addition to her roles as chair and professor, Ropella is part of a number of research teams. Her research focuses are signal processing, bio computing, electrophysiology and functional imaging. She has produced 120 refereed publications and received over $3 million in external funding for her research and educational initiatives. Ropella also directs the joint Ph.D. program in functional imaging for Marquette and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Ropella has been honored three times by
Marquette experts can offer expertise and insights on hundreds of topics by helping you over the phone, sitting down for an interview or providing background to give a story more context.